I don't think the Jets can live up to the monstrous hype. There, I said it.
Let's not forget the Jets were 9-7 last season. Sure, they got hot at the right time, but they weren't exactly world beaters in 2009.
Thomas Jones has taken his act to Kansas City. Kris Jenkins is coming off major knee surgery. There are disgruntled players in Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold. Mark Sanchez was below average last season. Braylon Edwards has rocks for hands. Santonio Holmes has rocks for brains.
Still, having said that, the Jets have enough to make the playoffs in a loaded AFC. The defense is still very good. The offense can make plays. And Rex Ryan can motivate the squad for any game.
The second AFC Wild Card team resides in Houston.
The Texans can score points in bunches. Andre Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL.
Mario Williams, Brian Cushing (after four games) and DeMeco Ryans lead an emerging defense.
The Texans have made strides in recent years under the stewardship of Rick Smith and Gary Kubiak.
They have gotten better over the past few seasons, but ending up close to the playoffs for the first time is not the ultimate end result for the Texans.
The Texans must make noise in the playoffs to satisfy Houston fans. Look for that to start in 2010.